Choosing baby gear as a first time mom, I think that I read through at least two dozen reviews of baby bottles and compared the features of each. I knew that I wanted bottles that were going to be easily cleaned, bottles that weren’t going to shatter when the kid inevitably threw them out of the stroller and bottles that were BPA free yadda, yadda, yadda.
Hindsight’s always 20/20 – and when it came to the expensive Life Factory bottles we used for Olivia that I purchased for $18/each from Gingerbread Monkeys, a Canadian online baby boutique – Well, they sat in the cupboard. Unused for months. She was a baby obsessed with boob. She nursed until nearly two and bottles? Well, she didn’t want anything to do with these fantastic, durable and colorful bottles that had rave reviews for the first eighteen months of her life. I sold the better part of the dozen bottles that were taking up precious shelf-space in the small condo we were living in at the time.
I kept two. Two bottles that were used for another year as she finally decided that she would use a bottle. Two bottles that look brand new as they sit in our cupboard nearly four years after being purchased.
When Violet was born, we bought bottles. It turns out that we needed them sooner because breastfeeding was a struggle for the six months that we accomplished. So, I took advantage of a great deal on BornFree bottles at Well.ca and called it a day.
You know how plastic bottles seem to lose their clarity? You know how they can be impossible to get clean? The Lifefactory bottles were glass, and the colored sleeves easily come off of the bottles if you want to remove them every once in a while. You can toss them in the dishwasher and not have to worry about the bottles melting and getting discolored. Plus, the life factory bottles have interchangable tops to switch to traditional sip cups and they’ve impressed me with the ability of the bottles to be tossed onto floors and haven’t shattered. Those glass sleeves? Those are pretty impressive.
That’s the reason that I just bought four more bottles, at $16 each, from Well.ca. I’m tossing the plastic ones in the trash as soon as they arrive. Expensive to begin with but the Lifefactory bottles have proven themselves again, and again.
This time we’ll hold on to them for the future.